Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"We began our session by going over the vocabulary homework that the student had completed since the last time we met. As with her previous root-and-prefix-based assignment, she had done an excellent job not only of uncovering the meanings of this week's roots and prefixes but of choosing and practicing the use of words that featured them. Next, we went over some techniques for the reading section. She tried a few different approaches that I suggested for saving time and maximizing her ability to focus on the most relevant parts of each passage. We found that the 'scavenger hunt' approach doesn't work as well for her as reading through the questions and then either reading the entire passage or breaking the passage into substantial chunks before returning to the questions. She got very good results on all of the grade-level and several of the above-grade-level questions by using this tactic. Lastly, we spent a little time reviewing skills and shortcuts for some of the quantitative and mathematics question types. In particular, we explored how setting up questions that involve sequential multiplications and divisions as fractions can save time and reduce stress by allowing her to reduce the fractions before tackling the actual calculations."
"Looked at math almost exclusively today, with some grammar towards the end. Emphasized high-level difficult concepts, and he was doing great!"
"Our goal for this session was to finish the language sections of the test so that we could move on to mathematical concepts and problem solving next week. We first reviewed the student's homework, exercises from the punctuation, grammar, and English usage sections of the test prep book. He did very well on the English usage, but we needed to review some of the rules for comma usage and capitalization. After these practice problems, we returned to finish the last twenty questions from the language section of his practice test, including a large section of spelling questions that he had initially struggled with. This time around, he got nearly every question correct, and I feel confident that language will be one of, if not his overall strongest section on the test come January. We then reviewed the vocabulary and verbal skills sections of the practice test. He did well on both of these. I gave him some homework in verbal skills and spelling for next week with the instructions to correct himself and highlight any problematic questions so that we can wrap up this first round of review of the verbal and language sections of the test. Going forward, math will be the high priority subject for the next few weeks."
"Continuing with the prep. Prior to reviewing test materials, I taught a mini-lesson on rates/ratios and fractions using Gummy Bears. Lesson focused visual stimuli with ratio concepts. From here, I related information back to how ratios are typically expressed, including the symbols they use. Afterwards, I related ratios back to fractions and showed the similarities between the two. Overall, this lesson went very well. He loved the use of Gummy Bears, which, by taking advantage of the different colors, offered me a useful visual representation by stacking different colors. I made sure that he understands the ratios don't break except in certain situations. From there, we reviewed a number of test problems that used ratios and fractions, broke down the questions, and reviewed the processes/operations. He seemed to do better with these types of problems. From there, we continued to review problems from previous sessions. He remembered a number of problems and was able to break them down with less help than before, demonstrating more progress."
"The student and I covered various approaches to math problems. We established some rules about how to write a problem algebraically. The student learned 14 new definitions and has 15 more to learn this week."
"I gave the student a practice test, and we graded it. We're going to have to work on vocabulary, percentages, and division."
"I collected a full length practice test during this session. We again focused on interest equations and conversions. We began to review reading for purpose."
"Spent an hour with each student. Did the Language Arts section and worked on Grammar rules. They both breezed through the section."
"Initial meeting. We reviewed work assigned via email: the student's essay on "Utopia" and an SSAT upper level quantitative test. His assignment for 11/8: Review reading guidelines in Assessment Exam Chapter 11, and go through all the material and exercises in Assessment Exam pp. 182-227."
"The student has improved a great deal. We finally got her focused on the high school placement tests. We did the verbal reasoning and math sections together. Given the repetition of the test, she improved as the session went on. I look forward to working with her next week after she has taken a full practice test or two."
"We continued to work on the student's high school placement test prep today, with emphasis on language skills (punctuation, grammar, sentence structure) and reading comprehension."
"Spent most of our time on math sections, reviewing previous topics and approaching new ones. Also spent time on grammar."